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Chateau Le Gay Pomerol Rouge 2018  - First Bottle


97 Jeb Dunnuck -
From one of my favorite estates in Pomerol, the 2018 Château Le Gay knocks it out of the park and has that classic Pomerol mix of sexy opulence paired with an incredible sense of finesse. Offering an already complex bouquet of crème de cassis, black cherries, white truffle, camphor, tobacco, and acacia flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless, expansive texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a blockbuster of a finish. I'd be thrilled with bottles in the cellar. It's going to put a smile on any wine lover's face over the coming 20-25 years.
97 James Suckling -
Aromas of plums, violets and mushrooms with earthy notes. Fleshy and succulent texture to the full body with round, firm tannins and a salivating, savory finish. Very persistent. Opulent and reserved at the same time. Contrastive wine. Drink after 2025.
93-96 Wine Spectator -
Plum, boysenberry and açaí berry flavors give this a slightly exotic character, with a polished texture and lingering anise notes. Shows latent grip on the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now.
95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Le Gay has a beautifully perfumed nose of lavender essence, chocolate-covered cherries and preserved plums, leading to a fragrant undercurrent of kirsch, licorice and fertile loam. The concentrated, full-bodied palate (15% alcohol) delivers bold, black fruit flavors with compelling red berry sparks and a plush texture, finishing long with just enough freshness.
95 Falstaff -
Deep dark ruby garnet, opaque core, violet reflections, delicate edge lightening. Ripe plum fruit, a hint of figs, tender nougat, candied orange zests. Sweet and complex, chocolatey, intense style, ripe tannins, very good length, safe ripening potential for many years.
94+ Vinous -
The 2018 Le Gay is unusually reticent today. Lavender, rose petal, mint, blood orange and crushed red berry fruit emerge over time. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the 2018 packs serious punch. It is one of more sensual wines of the vintage in Pomerol, but readers will have to be patient, as the 2018 is in no mood to show its cards just yet.
92 Decanter -
This is a modern wine, in keeping with the estate signature – gourmet and glamourous with good persistence. It has rich fruits and oak influence that comes through as cloves and smoked almonds with pencil lead and graphite joining the black cassis fruit as it opens up. It should age well but will be ready to enjoy relatively young as this style suits fruit that remains plump and rich. The harvest took place between 19 September and 3 October. 100% new oak, integral vinification, 7.5ha but 6ha in production. A yield of 35hl/ha.

Technical Details

  • BlendMerlot and Cabernet Franc
  • WinemakerHenri Parent
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationPomerol
  • VineyardLe Gay
  • Oak100% new French oak
  • Alcohol15%

Chateau Le Gay Pomerol Rouge 2018

Bordeaux Blends  |  France
JD97, JS97, WS93-96, FS95, WA95, VN94+, DC92

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About the Producer

Chateau Le Gay dates all the way back to 1845 and the property takes its name from its location as the lieu-dit, Le Gay. The property was once owned by the Robin family who also owned the legendary Chateau Lafleur. When Marie Robin passed away, the chateau was purchased by Catherine Pere-Verge for a wopping 25 million. Catherine Péré-Vergé (1939-2013), was one of the great Bordeaux wines revolutionaries from the nineties on. In Pomerol, this iron-willed manager found her home and raised Montviel, Le Gay or La Violette to the highest standards, always with the continued support of her friend Michel Rolland. As Wine Advocate puts is, it displays, "sensational purity, richness and texture." The estate is now run by her son Henri, after Catherine passed away from cancer.